Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal has won the Barcelona Open eight times so farGetty

Rafael Nadal takes on Philipp Kohlschreiber in the men's singles semi-final clash of the Barcelona Open on 23 April (Saturday).

Where to watch live

Match starts at 3pm BST. Live coverage in the UK is on Sky Sports 5 and Sky Sports 5 HD. Click here for live streaming link. Live scores and regular updates will be available on ATP's official website.

Overview

Nadal will be aiming to win his second consecutive title of the season when he takes on Kohlschreiber. The Spaniard beat Fabio Fognini 6-2, 7-6 in the quarter-final holding off a second set revival from the Italian.

The former world number one, who is looking close to his best form, took one hour 50 minutes to close the game, in what was his 46th win at the Barcelona ATP World Tour 500 clay-court tournament. Nadal has won the Barcelona title eight times and is the favourite to clinch for the ninth time.

Philipp Kohlschreiber
Philipp Kohlschreiber has lost 11 out of 12 games played against Rafael NadalGetty

His opponent, world number 27 Kohlschreiber, has had a great week in Barcelona so far and comes into this game on the back of some impressive performances, beating Russian Andrey Kuznetsov 6-3, 6-1 in the quarter-finals.

The German has in the past pushed out top players but falls short of actually winning the tie. While he is dangerous and could give Nadal a run for his money, he is not expected to shock the Spaniard and will come into this tie as the underdog.

Betting odds (betfair)

  • Rafael Nadal to win: 2/15
  • Philipp Kohlschreiber to win: 21/5

Head-To-Head

The duo have faced each 12 times so far, with Nadal winning 11 of those encounters. The last time they played each other was in the round of 16 of the Beijing Open in 2013, with the Spaniard winning 6-4, 7-6.

Barcelona Open history

Nadal and Kohlschreiber have never played each other in the Barcelona Open.